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Siedlik, Mack are March students of the month
MARYSVILLE Julianne Mack and Michael Siedlik were chosen the Marysville School District March students of the month by the Marysville Soroptimists and Kiwanis. Both are seniors at Marysville-Pilchuck High School and have outstanding academic credentials.
Mack is familiar to many as the 2006 Strawberry Festival Royal Ambassador, but Siedlik is no less a star in the most difficult school subjects.
I have never known another student who took such a load of academically challenging classes, as well as his extracurricular activities, like band, said M-P chemistry teacher Jeff Riechel, one of Siedliks favorites. Ive never seen a kid take on so much, and its almost easy for him.
Siedlik carries a 3.981 grade point average and doesnt seem to break a sweat in the effort. He scored 1,890 on the SAT and said that math comes naturally to him. Like many other students of the month, he cited the certainty of always having a correct answer.
Ive always been pretty good at math, Siedlik explained. It makes a lot of sense, everything always ties together.
His transcript groans with six advanced placement classes but the more difficult courses havent made a dent in his numbers as he is fourth in his graduating class and earned a perfect 4.0 in his first semester this year. He took four AP classes this year, including comparative politics, literature, calculus and chemistry.
Theres a lot of studying for AP chemistry, Siedlik said. Thats my favorite one. I just find it fascinating. I dont know why, Riechel is really good.
The class has some fun demonstrations, including making things explode.
And we tortured some gummy bears, Siedlik laughed. The young scholars would throw them in a solution to watch them dissolve.
He also plays in band, earning letters for two years in marching band and playing in concert band too. He plays tenor saxophone and oboe, and is part of the woodwind ensemble that has competed at state. He has volunteered time at the food bank and participated in several fundraising walks. He works as a page at the Marysville Public Library.
Its really a great job, everybody there is really nice, Siedlik said.
He has been accepted to the University of Washington, where he plans to major in chemistry or chemical engineering.
Mack wore a sparkling tiara all last year but stills seems to have kept her feet on the ground. Events might have helped the senior keep things in perspective. While her weekends were spent riding the Strawberry Festival float in parades around the Pacific Northwest, her mother Denise succumbed to an eight-year battle with cancer. Many people had no clue to the personal challenges Julianne faced and she has drawn much praise for her poise, confidence and professionalism.
Carol Kapua was the chaperone for the Strawberry Festival Royalty and she said Mack was one of the best community representatives she had ever seen.
She is just a fantastic girl, Kapua said.
Mack has won many other honors during her school years, including the Presidents Education Award, and the Marysville Fine Arts Scholar of the Year award. A member of the National Honor Society, Mack was selected as a Masonic Outstanding Junior for 2006.
Her GPA is an impressive 3.952 and she said she simply did the best she could and straight As were always the result.
It really isnt that hard, you just have to commit yourself to it, Mack said, with a hedge: As my senior year goes on, it gets harder to keep up. Ive got a little bit of senioritis.
Her forte in school has been taking charge, as embodied by her love of the M-P TV3 program, where she is often in charge of one of the two remote trucks, broadcasting graduation ceremonies last year, for example. As student after student crossed the stage at the Everett Events Center to get their diploma, Mack was in charge directing camera shots, once screaming Oh, my God, I had such a crush on that guy in the second grade! while issuing directions to her crew.
I like stepping into leadership roles, Mack said.
That includes being captain of the M-P swim and diving team, where she confesses to being a klutz in the sport she has spent three years in.
Im not very good, I really dont have much coordination, Mack laughed. Im the most injured diver in M-P history. I broke my nose once, I kneed myself in the face tying to do a reverse somersault.
Her other pursuits include playing tennis for fun and acting in a high school musical, where she was a sausage curl girl, she said.
My mom has always told me that Im really dramatic, Mack recalled. That was a blast. I had tons of fun doing that.
In addition to school work Mack has volunteered at Allen Creek Elementary School where she mentors special needs students in their early years. A bulwark of her busy life is the Catholic church and the community of St. Marys parish, something that has helped her through thick-and-thin.
Im a strong believer and I follow it religiously, Mack said. And I still go every Sunday.